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Silence
Silence CNS photo by Paramount
December 29, 2016

"Silence" is a dramatically powerful but theologically complex work best suited to viewers who come to the multiplex prepared to engage with serious issues.

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Fences
Fences
December 22, 2016

Suffering is a leitmotif in any of August Wilson's plays, but there's also brutal honesty and joy in unexpected moments -- as well as the musical cadence of his language to enjoy.

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Passengers
Passengers
December 22, 2016

Science fiction becomes the springboard for a study of selfishness, sin and the possibility of forgiveness in "Passengers" (Sony). While this tale about a transgression born of desperation will resonate with romantics, it may leave others cold.

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Assassin's Creed
Assassin's Creed
December 21, 2016

Though the mayhem that pervades "Assassin's Creed" (Fox), director Justin Kurzel's adaptation of a popular series of video games, is mostly bloodless, other more unusual problems render it unacceptable for all. 

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Sing
Sing
December 21, 2016
"Sing" (Universal) is a generally amiable but flawed musical cartoon, populated mostly by animals. While the essential values of this show-biz fable are respectable enough, writer-director Garth Jennings incorporates elements into his film that make it unsuitable for youngsters.
 
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Jackie
Jackie
December 21, 2016
"Jackie" (Fox Searchlight) is more of a passionate meditation on the nature of a first lady's fame than a historical drama about Jacqueline Kennedy in the weeks following the 1963 assassination of her husband.
 
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Video releases for Dec. 20, 2016
December 20, 2016

The following are capsule reviews from Catholic News Service of new and recent video releases available on DVD and/or Blu-ray -- as well as for online viewing.

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'Wimpy Kid' author pays tribute to Catholic roots during Maryland visit
'Wimpy Kid' author pays tribute to Catholic roots during Maryland visit
December 19, 2016

Visitors to Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, can see a whitewashed fence like the one that Tom Sawyer tricked his friends into painting for him in the novel.

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